Moegi from Japan shares her Lexis Sunshine Coast experience with us

“My name is Moegi Watari. I’m from Japan and I’m 21 years old. I came to Australia 4 months ago. When I came here I did pre-intermediate class. Now I’m doing the intermediate class. When I was 12 years old, I started English lessons. I was interested in English before I started here at Lexis but I didn’t know anything about English but liked the sound of it.

When I was a junior high school student I had some English classes. Studying was not easy for me but I was fascinated by English. When I was a high school student I wanted to study abroad. When I decided where I wanted to study, I talked about this matter with my agent. My agent recommended Lexis English to me. I chose Sunshine Coast because there are many beautiful beaches and a lot of people from different nationalities. I thought this was good for me to learn English.

The Lexis English school in Maroochydore has loads of people who are from many different nationalities. For example Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, Russia and France… and more! I could make friends with many people in here! I have been doing some option classes with many different teachers. I have got many difficulties with English and then I consulted my teacher , they gave me some advice about my English. I have taken part in some activities which we can do next to the ocean and we can enjoy that with all our friends. I practiced some water sports , it was quite difficult for me but very fun! I want to be able to do that very well. I will practice that until I go back to Japan.

I recommend other Japanese students to study English in Lexis Maroochydore. After I go back to Japan, I will go to University. I am not sure yet what I will do but I will use the English I learnt.”

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(Kindai student Yusuke and Moegi)

Thank you Moegi for sharing your experience with us. Lexis wishes you all the best with all your future endeavors.

Lexis Sunshine Coast beach Olympics

Our Kindai and other International students all came together at the beautiful Cotton Tree beach and enjoyed the summer edition of our very own Lexis beach Olympics! Last July the students took part in the Lexis Sunshine Coast beach Olympics winter edition, now this time the students enjoyed the beach during the hot summer and had a great time.

Five teams competed in five different challenges: Tug-of-war, Throwing, Sprint, Grab n’ run and Relay race.

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(Top left: Tsuzuru and Yumi before the Olympics started. Right: Marlon and Rafael after the relay race. Bottom left: Yasuna, Yumi, Runa, Tsuzuru and Asuka.)

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(Top: Jia Lu, Kosuke, Shingo, Yusuke and Andrea. Bottom left: Yusuke, Tsuzuru, Masahiro, Sandro and Kazuki during the relay race. Bottom right: Virk running the 100m sprint for his team.)

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Masahiro, Yusuke, Rafael, Kazuki, Virk, Taro, Yannick, Tsuzuru, Yoshito, Sandro, Anita, Sunmi, Jia Lu, Koichi, Kosuke, Ryosuke, Masahiro, Runa, Yumi, Yasuna, Remy, Andrea, Nico, Denise, Marlon, Matea, Valentino, Mika, Yusuke, Kevin, Kohei, Yaoki, Ryota, Kentaro, and Asuka.

Well done everyone for your great efforts and team work. A special congratulation for Team 4 with Remy, Sandro, Tsuzuru, Kazuki, Masahiro, Yusuke and Anita for winning the Lexis Sunshine Coast beach Olympics summer edition. Thanks to -Grill’d- (healthy burger restaurant in Sunshine Plaza) the winners all got a great -free burger voucher- to enjoy.

Dave’s TTT (Teaching Tips and Tricks)!

Grammar Books for Teachers.

For the majority of English language teachers starting out in the TESOL industry, there is one aspect of the job that scares the pants off us – teaching grammar. I’m not sure about you, but when I went through primary and secondary school, we weren’t taught English grammar, so when I first became an English language teacher in Hungary, notions such as subjects, objects, and past participles were, forgive the pun, foreign.  Not speaking a lick of Hungarian at the time, knowing that I needed to eat (and therefore make this teaching thing work), compelled me to set about teaching myself English grammar before I taught it to my students.

This week, I would like to share with you the grammar books that helped me at the various stages of my career. I don’t claim they are the best, as there are a lot of good reference books out there, but these are the ones I have used and still do use and so I can vouch for.

English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy – Cambridge University Press

This is a great book for new teachers with little grammar knowledge. The middle book in the series, this self-study reference book is pitched at intermediate level students. It consists of 145 two-page chapters covering the language structures that an intermediate student would need.

Each chapter starts with a page of ‘accessible’ presentations about the meaning, usage and form of the structures. I say ‘accessible’ because it is written for students, and therefore we teachers have a shot at understanding the content. This is a great starting point for new teachers. On top of this, the second page in each chapter has exercises for practice! No silly, not for you the teacher, but they are very handy for homework for your students. All in all, I would say this is a great book to get you started on your grammar teaching path and you will be able to refer to it and use it for years to come.

Notable mention – The Good Grammar Book by Michael Swan – Oxford University Press

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan – Oxford University Press

This book delves a little deeper into the English Language, providing fairly detailed information on grammar, vocabulary, idiom, style, pronunciation and spelling. I found I didn’t really appreciate this book until I had a slight grasp of the workings of the language. Sure I had used it in CELTA assignments, but that was about it. I found (and sometimes still find) that I used this book a lot more when dealing with students’ questions that were outside of what I was teaching in class that day. This is a great book that you will get years of use out of and it can (sorry, but I can’t promise more than that) sometimes stop you from looking silly in front of your class.

Notable mention – Grammar for English Language Teachers by Martin Parrott – Cambridge University Press

About Language by Scott Thornbury – Cambridge University Press

This is the book you turn to just before DELTA, to help bring out your inner grammar geek. The book consists of 28 ‘task’ units covering various aspects of the English language and looks at them in a high level of detail. The tasks really make you think about how English is used, and I must confess, when I began working through the book I had to look at the key and commentary a couple of times first to understand what exactly was being asked in each task. That brings me to the other great thing about this book – the commentary. It is easy to follow and a real eye opener. The way the language is analysed and applied to everyday usage is brilliant. It leaves you wondering a) just how smart is this Scott Thornbury bloke and b) surely he has better things to do. This is a must-have book for DELTA or MA level courses and a great source of PD for experienced teachers.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Three grammar books to take you through your EFL teaching career, they have worked for me and I have a feeling they’ll work for you too.

Dave

Dave Fox is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer who has worked in Australia, the UK, and Europe

Job Workshop starts Monday

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images[11]                                                          Looking for work? Need some help?

New Job Workshop starts on Monday. Come along to Room 9 at 2pm and Jill will give you all the tips you need to get you started.
In this workshop, you will learn what a CV is and what it should look like. You will learn what a cover letter is and the information it should include. You will also learn how to apply for jobs and you will be given great tips on how to prepare for a job interview.

Need more information? Ask Sharon or Dave

Sunset EAP students graduate

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We also interviewed our graduating students and here is what they had to say:
What did you like best about Sunset EAP classes?
There is no doubt that Sunset EAP classes provided me with opportunities to improve my English. These classes are in a friendly, relaxed academic environment. The faculty is very supportive and encouragees students.
How have your skills improved?
“I have improved many skills like pronunciation, communication skills, ability to engage with other students, planning skills and now have an excellent understanding of how theory is applied in practice.” (Pinkiben)
“This class helped me become more aware of my weaknesses and also gave me tools to strengthen them. I learned a variety of writing techniques and I had the chance to interact with many internatioinal students. I improved my listening, speaking, critical thinking, research and internet skills. The GIL class helped to clarify my doubts.” (Monisha)
Where and what will you study next?
I will continue my studies in Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast. I will study my Masters in Professional Accounting.
Do you think your Sunset EAP class has prepared you for this?
Yes, definitely! I have gained stronger skills which will help me achieve my academic goals at university.